Salt Flats

Trip Start Jan 24, 2012
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Trip End Sep 04, 2012


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Friday, February 10, 2012

Today was good.  I took an overnight bus from La Paz to Uyunai last

night.  There were some Bolivian teachers who did a road block so we

had to take a long detour and I missed my tour today so the tour is

postponed until tomorrow.  At a 5 minute bus stop I got out and I

didnīt want to get left behind so I quickly bought a cheese, bread

thing for breakfast.  But it wanīt cheese bread, it was just a wheel

of cheese as big as a small Frisbee.  And it had multiple types of

hairs on it, long hairs, short, eyelash hairs, etc.  So I had a few

bites and left the rest for the next passenger.  Also the dirt road

was so bad in parts the whole bus vibrated hard and I couldnīt read my

book but it did feel like I was getting a massage.



I start the 3 day, 2 night salt flat tour with two 23 year old sweed

students tomorrow, one is a man the other is a woman.



The guys who sold me lunch was playing the akon, Eminem song smack

that in the uyunai town plaza.



I had a few beers the other night and I dropped my ipod down a flight

of stairs and broke it so no more Spanish lessons or music or videos

for me on long bus rides.  Just Lee Child.

Feb. 13

I just got finished with a 3 day, 2 night tour of the Bolivian salt
flats and more.  It was full of beauty, new friends, and adventure. 
Here are the people of the tour
Al, 27 year old tour guide who learned all of his English by watching the all of the seasons of Friends
Raphael, driver, no English, who had the same name as a Ninja turtle and liked to get drunk at night
Carl and Joanna, 23 year old Swedish couple, very nice, Carl is
studying to be an Engineer and Joanna is studying to be a lawyer,
Sarah, 27 year old hot doctor from LA
James and Ann, cool 30ish Brit couple
 
The first day we went to the salt flats and took a bunch of
cool-funny pictures.  You should Google the online pictures people have
taken in the past.  The road were unpaved dirt, bumpy, and very wet
because of the rain.  On our way to the hostel for the first night we
were driving on a wet road and Raphael lost control of the vehicle.  We
slid off the road into a U shaped ditch full of water.  Everyone in the
car was freaking out especially the girls.  Raphael eventually got us
out but it took some work.  We could have easy flipped.  It was a little
scary.  The 4x4 SUV was filled with 8 people.  That night at the hostel
we got a 2 hour Bolivian revolution pep rally by one of the other
guides with purple hair and he was wearing a Steve Austin t shirt. 
Riding in the 4x4 was tight and eventually your butt hurts really bad. 
The Swedish girl says the phrase in Sweden is , [you get the taste of
wood in your ass]  I{m going to try to make that phrase work in the
States.

 
Day 2 we say some lagoons, flamingos, and geysers.  You could just
walk around the geysers but one time a Japanese tourist fell in and
burned to death.  There was no fence or anything around them.  I jumped
over a safe one and my hat blew up really high.

 
Day 3 we went to hot springs and we went in with our bathing
suits.  We played uno and drank at night and our guide told us stories
of drivers being drunk and that he was really nervous when we went into
the ditch.

 
I took the bus ride from hell with the two Brits last night.  It
was suppose to be 5 hours but it lasted 9 hours because of the wet dirt
roads and our tires kept breaking so the bus driver had to get out and
fix them.  Some passengers didn{t even have seats, they just stood in
the aisle for nine hours.  It also hailed.  And I had to run though
Uyunai in the rain to catch the bus.  The bus was from Uyunai to
Potosi.  I{m exploring Potosi (the highest city in the world) today with
my two new Brit friends and I may do the silver mine tour tomorrow.  I
hope everyone is well!

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